Big Ten Conference Week 1 Predictions
My predictions for Week 1 of Big Ten Conference play:
Ohio State at Michigan State – In the Big Ten Game of the Week, Braxton Miller makes a big play (or two) but Michigan State’s defense and a heavy dose of Le’Veon Bell hand the Buckeyes their first loss of the season.
Michigan State 20, Ohio State 14
Wisconsin at Nebraska – The Huskers are looking forward to this matchup after Wisconsin took Nebraska behind the woodshed in their matchup in Madison last year. Taylor Martinez may have been skipping rocks in the past, but his numbers say he's playing differently this year.
Nebraska 27, Wisconsin 17
Indiana at Northwestern – Northwestern has a team as competitive as its head coach and Indiana comes limping in even after a bye week. I like Kain Colter and you should too! Expect a shootout, Wildcats prevail by a couple scores.
Northwestern 45, Indiana 31
Penn State at Illinois – The matchup to watch here is Penn State’s D against (returning from injury) Nate Scheelhaase. Quick, Penn State: Legends or Leaders?
Penn State 13, Illinois 10
Minnesota at Iowa – Without MarQueis Gray, the Gophers lack the big play ability needed to win in Iowa City. Even a bad Hawkeyes team can control this game on the ground and prevent Minnesota from reaching the end zone.
Iowa 20, Minnesota 3
Bonus: Marshall at Purdue – Normally this spot will be occupied by a matchup of national significance but Purdue has their final non-conference game before starting Big Ten play against Michigan next week. The Thundering Herd will put the ball in the air early and often as the Boilers will look to showcase their newfound ground attack and solid D.
Purdue 35, Marshall 24
Michigan - Bye